Tuesday, July 10, 2007
The House Judiciary Committee discussing Libby's sentence commutation is set for today, with Professor Doug Berman of the Sentencing Law & Policy Blog scheduled to speak. For details see his blog here. And while you are over at Doug Berman's blog, be sure and check out Margy Love's Commentary.
One can't change the course of events the President started in issuing this commutation. But clearly, this is the right time to begin the discussion on why sentences have reached the "excessive" level. This is most definitely a time to put aside politics and explore why non-violent first offenders are being given "excessive" sentences. For additional discussion see my piece in the Yale L.J. Pocket Part titled, Throwing Away the Key.